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Betta Number 4
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 I would place this fish in E 3 patterned DT male. When judging the class I would consider if the
fish is a butterfly or multi color and would possibly be reviewing the standards to establish the
classification. My knee jerk reaction is multi color, the description for butterfly states that the
pattern is of two or three distinct color bands. This fish doesn't show this. An ideal multi would
have more of a secondary color mixing in the body, this fish has some subtle secondary color,
notably the red above the anal. This is the nice thing about a class like E 3. The fish could be
viewed in either case and fit in the class. He might be competitive in form and finnage, G 5, as
well. Judges consider all the possibilities for the specific show and entries, wanting to place a
fish like this where it will be most competitive in relation to the competition. During the judging,
fish can go from the "class help" into a class only to be moved again once the judge gets there!
Nothing is set in stone! This is a nice fish. Place him in E 3- Patterned DT male.

Thanks: David Spector


Betta Number 3 April 12 2002

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It looks like she is a dark-bodied yellow with black fins, but she has a lot of iridescence on
the body and fins. Both black and yellow are supposed to be non-iridescent colors. I would
be tempted to put her in bi-color, but there is not a lot of contrast between body and fins
(but sometimes "black" males get put in bicolor if they have too much blue iridescence to be
kept in the black class.) I can't think of a better place for her than bicolor - anyone else have
an idea? Multi because of the iridescence, or bicolor with the iridescence as a fault? I tend to
put the fish where I think they will be the most competitive when I have to debate between two
classes for a fish

My first impression is a dark body bicolor but the irid. in the fins will be pointed down and the
lack of irid. in the body will be pointed down. In addition, I personally think the dorsal is set
too far back on the body. Are the from plakat stock? (no)  Are they fertile? (yes)

If they are fertile then the people who are sending in the black class could use the help.
I move five fish this weekend from the two male black classes to dark bicolor. The bodies
were 100% blue irid. except the head. The only one left in the class had a black head and
a blackish back half of the body. In other words about 60% black. I could live with the irid.
in the fins if you could give me a 80% black body.

I think your yellow is from the lack of dark undercoat so you see more flesh color. Take
another look and we'll argue the point. Notice the head is steel covered so the dark
undercoat is very light

In my opinion, that one belongs in the LIH class.
(leave it home)


Thanks: Ken Muller
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